Gloves mays seem like the simplest area of motorcycle riding apparel, but there is more nuance to the subject if you take a closer look. Newer riders might jump the gun and buy the first pair that suits them, but there’s more to a deciding factor than simply a good fit.
Heat is always a concern when it comes to motorcycle apparel; with protective gear and armor comes more weight and padding, making it easy for things to get a little bit warm. No one wants to be sweaty underneath all that clothing, especially when it comes to the hands — the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to controlling one’s bike.
Riders who live in warmer areas or rider during the summer months may find it beneficial to go with a low-height cuff right around the wrist; this allows for a small gap between the gloves and jacket that allows air to flow. If that isn’t an option, most gloves now feature some sort of mesh chassis that promotes air flow.
Material is another factor when considering heat and comfort in general. Street gloves made for short rides or daily commutes are generally made of lighter materials, while racing and cruising gloves are made of heavier textiles and leather. These thicker materials often have less give and need to be worn in for some time.
Outside of strictly comfort, there are certain features a glove might have that set it apart from others. For example, riders who are confident enough to ride in the rain may want waterproof materials. Riders who are operating in extremely cold environments might spend some extra money on battery-powered heated gloves.
One feature that some companies have begun implementing into their riding gloves over the past few years is touchscreen-accessible material. Motorcycle riding and especially cross-country riding have become significantly safer for riders in today’s age, as most riders have access to instant mapping and emergency services via their cell phones. Many purchase phone mounts so they can use their cell phones as GPS devices mounted to the handlebars or instrument clusters.
Joe Rocket’s Seeker Glove, for instance, incorporates SmartTouch conductive material on the index fingers of the glove, allowing for riders to get touchscreen access without removal. This is beneficial to riders who may need to make a quick adjustment on the move without having to pull onto the side of the road.
The Seeker Gloves also feature injection molded knuckle armor, protecting the most vulnerable part of the hand and allowing the other areas to breathe. If you’re consider paying a little extra for your riding gloves, it’s a good idea to find a pair that offers good comfort and great features — and prioritizes safety!